3 Row Seats

Submitted: Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 15:22
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I am looking at a 100 Series VX Landcruiser (imported?) that only has seating for 5 from factory.
How difficult is it to have the 3rd row of seats installed?
I need to know if it possible before I buy the vehicle.
Can anyone put me onto a company that does this type of work?
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Reply By: chisel - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 15:26

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 15:26
What makes you think it is imported?

Does it have the mounting points for the third row seats, and the seatbelts? If so then it is just a matter of finding some seats - they often come up for sale as some people don't need them.
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Follow Up By: Stevo. - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 15:37

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 15:37
the VIN number starts with 6T suggests it is imported.
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Follow Up By: Stevo. - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 15:39

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 15:39
Mounting points are not visible.
Surely they would be under the carpet?
Wouldn't all Landcruisers have the same body?
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Follow Up By: chisel - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:03

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:03
I'm sure the holes in the body are there - was wondering about the mounts that bolt into the holes and the seats connect to. They would be above the carpet. If they're not there then I guess you'll need to get them as well as the seats and belts etc.

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Reply By: oldfart1953 - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 15:36

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 15:36
Hi Stevo,
Of course this vehicle is imported....but as a personal import?
If this vehicle has been registered here in Oz as a five seater you will possibly need to get an engineers certificate for the additional seat that you would pick up from a wrecker very easily.
Seat mountings & belt anchor points will be there ready to go


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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:22

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:22
Just make sure everything IS there as Japanese vehicles quite often have different specs.

EG those spare wheel carriers you see bolted onto the corners.

In an Aussie car there is no extra bracing for it. In Jap models there is

Seating capacity is an easy engineers job.

I have had all but the front two out for a year and had a blue plate to legalise it

I put them all back last month and have another plate to say so.

Cost $60 each time.

The back row just slide and clip in anyway Its the seatbelts and mounting points that you have to worry about
It may be they arent there.

There is a pair of rear seats in the wardrobe of the house I am in at present and it appears they fit into holes in the floor and have teeth like a sliding door lock to hold them in

They came out of a TD 2002 VX. You would probably need to pull the rear side upholstery panel off to see if the mounts are there or not.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:24

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:24
To clarify a previous comment The mounts are part of the seat and clip over bars in the holes in the floor.

So if you bought a pair of seats you would get the mounts and the levers to work it all as part of the seat.


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Follow Up By: Stevo. - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:31

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:31
Thanks for your input everyone.
$36500 for a 98 model with57 thousand kilometers.
does that sound OK?
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:47

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:47
Where did it come from.

If Japan be very cautious.

Being a Kiwi I am fairly familiar with JAP imports having owned several and been caught with wound back speedos on at least two that I know of.

At 60,000 Jap vehicles have a big test and lots get traded in then.

Some dont .

I bought a 1998 Corona diesel car with 57,000k on it.

After i got it I took the glovebox out and found a page from a logbook 4 years old and with more K's on that page than the car had on it when I bought it.

Earlier when they were first importing them everything had high 50's on it but the cars condition belied that at times.

They also seem to have little mechanical appreciation and service schedules mean nothing.

Usually the motors are gunked up from idling in traffic a lot.

One guy in our taxi fleet used detergent oil in his for a while.

Cleaned the motor out nicely, in fact so well he nearly needed to tow a drum of oil around with him.

Some were good and some were terrible Just be aware.

Hope its a good one


Personally I think it sounds dear but depends what motor it has as well

If its a 1 HZ its very dear

A GXL 1998 is quite often around the $20,000 mark




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Follow Up By: Stevo. - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:56

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 16:56
It's a turbo diesel auto.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 17:03

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 17:03
Yes but which motor

A 1 HZ of a 1 HDFTE


the latter has a sticker on the belt cover at the front of the motor with the model on it



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Follow Up By: Stevo. - Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 17:11

Monday, Mar 15, 2010 at 17:11
OK, I'll try to find out tomorrow and post something on Wednesday.
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Follow Up By: Stevo. - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 17:13

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 17:13
Motor is a 1 HDFTE.

he imported it in 2002 from japan.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 18:34

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 18:34
That sounds better but mileage is pretty low like i was saying Does it look as good as that.

Price may not be too bad then.

See if you can see the holes with the little bars in them near the walls in the back and try pulling the side trims out at the back to see if seatbelt mounts are there. You have to take the piece across the floor at the rear out with 5 screws in it to be able to do that You should be able to ping it out far enough to see right in the corners if they are there.

Have just looked in the manual and they are mounted just to the rear of the jack door and just below the window line and are held in by one bolt.

Ifyou pull the trim out a few inches you can see a fltpane at a 45deg angle to the back and the belt goes in a recess just in front of that Should be one bolt hole 5/8??? for it.
Other end goes through an opening in the trim near the roof to a bolt hole up there

The centre seatbelt anchorages are on the seats not the floor.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 18:39

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 18:39
Probably wont matter with a Croozer but I was going to buy an import Corona that we had in NZ but not here and no one would insure it so check up first but parts would be interchangeable I guess

Lots of Toyotas in NZ similar to imports and we just took the bits in we wanted and Toyoa would cross reference them as they had all the CD's from japan.
A bit hard to read at times but a picture is worth 10 words in Japanese LOL
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